Stanley Yelnats is unjustly accused of stealing a pair of trainers, and his punishment is to go to Camp Green Lake, to dig holes! This is all due to his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather, who had supposedly brought a curse of bad luck on the family through his actions long, long ago.
Holes is a modern, page-turning adventure, which has the feel of a fairy tale. There are goodies and baddies, and a touch of magic. Trials need to be faced and problems overcome, before old wrongs can be righted, and good can triumph over evil.
This is a really unusual tale, which will appeal to a wide range of children (and adults). Not to be missed.